Are churches doing enough to ensure the safety of their congregation? It’s a question that’s been lingering for some time now, and the answer is not always clear. Some churches seem to view safety as an unnecessary burden, while others believe that God will protect them, rendering safety measures moot. However, this kind of thinking is deeply flawed.
In today’s world, we expect every business to have a plan in place for responding to emergencies. So why should the church be any different? It’s a public place that welcomes everyone, making it an even higher risk for incidents. The truth is, failure to take the safety of your congregation into account is simply irresponsible. You need not only a plan but also a safety team made up of well-trained people who know how to handle a crisis.
Now, some of you may already be part of a church that has a safety ministry in place. But how many of you take it to the next level? By involving greeters, ushers, deacons, staff, and other members of the congregation, you increase the number of trained eyes and ears, which could help detect an issue before it happens. This, in turn, could significantly reduce the likelihood of an incident and provide more people to respond if something does happen.
It’s time for churches in America to wake up and take the safety of their congregation seriously. Whether it’s through implementing a safety ministry, involving more members of the congregation in safety measures, or both, it’s essential that we do our part to keep our churches safe. Remember, safety should never be an afterthought, and it’s time we started treating it as a top priority.